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Sir Richard Branson

At the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer planned takeoff
Born 18 July 1950 (1950-07-18) (age 59)
Blackheath, London
Residence London, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Chairman of Virgin Group
Salary £365M (Est. 2008)[citation needed]
Net worth $2.5 billion
Spouse(s) Joan Templeman (1989–present)
Kristen Tomassi (1972–1979), divorced
Children Holly Branson (1981),
Sam Branson (1984)
.Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950) is a British industrialist, best known for his Virgin brand of over 360 companies.^ Video Richard Branson, founder, Virgin .
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^ Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950) is a British industrialist , best known for his Virgin brand of over 360 companies.

^ Sir Richard Branson on travelling to space .
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.Branson's first successful business venture was at age 16, when he published a magazine called Student.^ Branson's first successful business venture was at age 16, when he published a magazine called Student .

^ At age 16, Branson started a student's magazine and then ventured into music, which was a big hit.
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^ And in addition to his business savvy, Branson has also beaten some world records such as being the first to fly across the Atlantic in a hot-air balloon.
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[1] .He then set up an audio record mail-order business in 1970. In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Megastores and rebranded after a management buyout as Zavvi in late 2007. Branson's Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s—as he set up Virgin Atlantic Airways and expanded the Virgin Records music label.^ Politics Richard Branson Virgin virgin atlantic airways .
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^ He later formed V2 Records to re-enter the music business.

^ He continued selling cut-outs through a record mail order business in 1970.

.Richard Branson is the 261st richest person in the world according to Forbes' 2009 list of billionaires, with an estimated net worth of approximately £1.5 billion (US$2.5 billion).^ Your net worth is currently estimated in the billions.
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^ Richard Branson is the 261st richest person in the world according to Forbes ' 2009 list of billionaires , with an estimated net worth of approximately £1.5 billion ( US $2.5 billion ).

^ The investment is estimated to be worth $3 billion.

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Early life

.Branson was born at Stonefield Nursing Home in Blackheath, South London, the son of barrister Edward James Branson and Eve Branson (née Huntley Flindt).^ Branson was born at Stonefield Nursing Home in Blackheath, South London, the son of Edward James Branson and Eve Branson (ne Huntley Flindt).

^ Branson was born at Stonefield Nursing Home in Blackheath , South London , the son of barrister Edward James Branson and Eve Branson ( née Huntley Flindt).

^ Branson's mother Eve re-mortgaged the family home to help pay the settlement .

[3] .His grandfather the Right Honourable Sir George Arthur Harwin Branson, was a judge of the High Court of Justice and a Privy Councillor.^ Sir Richard Branson in his foreword to Arthur Goldstuck?s latest guide to the hi-tech world, The Hitchhiker?s Guide to Going Mobile, launched this in...
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^ His grandfather the Right Honourable Sir George Arthur Harwin Branson, was a judge of the High Court of Justice and a Privy Councillor .

^ His grandfather, the Right Honourable Sir George Arthur Harwin Branson, was a Judge of the High Court of Justice and a Privy Councillor.

[4] .Branson was educated at Scaitcliffe School (now Bishopsgate School)[5] until the age of thirteen.^ Branson was educated at Scaitcliffe School (now Bishopsgate School) until the age of thirteen.

^ Branson was educated at Scaitcliffe School (now Bishopsgate School ) 5 until the age of thirteen.

^ Richard Branson was born in 1950 and educated at Stowe School.
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.He then attended Stowe School until he was sixteen.^ He then attended Stowe School until he was sixteen.

.Branson has mild dyslexia and had poor academic performance as a student, but discovered his ability to connect with others.^ Branson has mild dyslexia and had poor academic performance as a student, but discovered his ability to connect with others.

^ Branson had poor academic records which contrasted with excellent performance in sports, especially swimming.

[6]

Personal life

.Branson is the eldest of four siblings.^ Branson is the eldest of four siblings.

.He has two sisters, Lindi and Vanessa.^ He has two sisters, Lindi and Vanessa.

.His brother, Ted, followed in his father's footsteps and became a barrister.^ His brother, Ted, followed in his father's footsteps and became a barrister .

.Branson had poor academic records which contrasted with excellent performance in sports, especially swimming.^ Branson had poor academic records which contrasted with excellent performance in sports, especially swimming.

^ Branson's love for ballooning, which he calls the most exhilarating of all sports, got him an entry into the Guinness Book of World Records, a real tribute to his daredevilry.
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^ Branson has mild dyslexia and had poor academic performance as a student, but discovered his ability to connect with others.

[7]
.With Joan Templeman he has two children, Holly (b.^ With Joan Templeman he has two children, Holly (b.

^ Holly’s mother is Joan Templeman and she also has a brother, Sam Branson , 21.
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1981) and Sam (b. 1984). .The couple wed—at their daughter Holly's suggestion when she was eight years old—in 1989 at Necker Island, a 74-acre (30 ha) island in the British Virgin Islands that Branson owns.^ The couple wed—at their daughter Holly's suggestion when she was eight years old—in 1989 at Necker Island , a 74-acre (30 ha) island in the British Virgin Islands that Branson owns.

^ Tags: Celeb babies, in their own right , Dads , Kids , News , Quotes Holly Branson , 25, daughter of English entrepreneur, Richard Branson , 57, has been working as a trained medic in a London hospital since August.
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^ When I was four years old, she stopped the car a few miles from our house and made me find my own way home across the fields.
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[8] .He also owns land on the Caribbean Islands of Antigua and Barbuda.^ He also owns land on the Caribbean Islands of Antigua and Barbuda .

^ Who doesn't dream of owning a lush private island in the Caribbean?
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.Holly Branson is now a doctor.^ Holly Branson is now a doctor .

.Branson is a supporter of Oxford United.^ Branson is a supporter of Oxford United .

[9]
.In 1998, Branson released his autobiography entitled Losing My Virginity, an international bestseller.^ In 1998, Branson released his autobiography entitled Losing My Virginity , an international bestseller.

^ I would highly recommend it to others as well as the book "Losing My Virginity".
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^ Losing My Virginity: How I've Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way 4.6 out of 5 stars ( 138 ) $10.88 .
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[citation needed] In it, he wrote of feeling defenseless in a balloon: "I do not believe in God, but as I sat there in the damaged capsule, hopelessly vulnerable to the slightest shift in weather or mechanical fault, I could not believe my eyes."[7]
Branson was deeply saddened by the disappearance of fellow adventurer Steve Fossett in September 2007, and the following month wrote an article for Time magazine entitled "My Friend, Steve Fossett".[10]

Record business

.Branson started his first record business after he traveled across the English Channel and purchased crates of "cut-out" records from a record discounter.^ "Branson sets cross-Channel record" .

^ Branson started his first record business after he traveled across the English Channel and purchased crates of " cut-out " records from a record discounter.

^ And in addition to his business savvy, Branson has also beaten some world records such as being the first to fly across the Atlantic in a hot-air balloon.
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.October 2008" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] He sold the records out of the boot of his car to retail outlets in London.^ He sold the records out of the boot of his car to retail outlets in London.

^ Trading under the name "Virgin" he sold records for considerably less than the "High Street" outlets, especially the chain W. H. Smith .

.He continued selling cut-outs through a record mail order business in 1970. Trading under the name "Virgin" he sold records for considerably less than the "High Street" outlets, especially the chain W. H. Smith.^ Trading under the name "Virgin" he sold records for considerably less than the "High Street" outlets, especially the chain W. H. Smith .

^ He continued selling cut-outs through a record mail order business in 1970.

^ He sold the records out of the boot of his car to retail outlets in London.

.The name "Virgin" was suggested by one of Branson's early employees, who suggested the name because they were all new at business.^ The name "Virgin" was suggested by one of Branson's early employees, who suggested the name because they were all new at business.

^ Sir Richard Branson has just opened phase one of the first U.S. outpost of his Virgin Limited Edition Collection of luxury retreats, a culinary center, resort...
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^ Branson has already got a biofuel train running in Europe, based on his belief that the new environmental technologies are not only smart, but good business.
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[7] .At the time many products were sold under restrictive marketing agreements which limited discounting, despite efforts in the 1950s and 1960s to limit so-called resale price maintenance.^ At the time many products were sold under restrictive marketing agreements which limited discounting, despite efforts in the 1950s and 1960s to limit so-called resale price maintenance .

^ The government eliminated a piece of legislation known as the Retail Price Maintenance Agreement which meant that stores could discount record prices, but none of the retail establishments elected to do so.
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^ Branson: Why it's no to United ^ TIME ^ Another example was the " Net Book Agreement " which limited the ability of book outlets, including discount book clubs, to offer deep discounts.

[11] .In effect Branson began the series of changes that led to large-scale discounting of recorded music.^ In effect Branson began the series of changes that led to large-scale discounting of recorded music.

^ Branson started his first record business after he traveled across the English Channel and purchased crates of " cut-out " records from a record discounter.

^ The readership of his student newspaper afforded Branson a built in record buying population that was just the right age and he began running mail order ads.
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.Branson eventually started a record shop in Oxford Street in London and, shortly after, launched the record label Virgin Records with Nik Powell.^ Branson eventually started a record shop in Oxford Street in London and, shortly after, launched the record label Virgin Records with Nik Powell .

^ Richard is best known for his Virgin brand of over 360 companies, including the Virgin Atlantic Airways and the Virgin Records music label.
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^ Richard Branson recounts this as a sad moment in his life when he had to sell Virgin Records to Thorn EMI in order to keep a floundering Virgin Atlantic Airways afloat.
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.Branson earned enough money from his record store to buy a country estate, in which he installed a recording studio.^ Branson earned enough money from his record store to buy a country estate, in which he installed a recording studio .

^ Branson's aunt once helped him with a second mortgage on a recording studio.
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^ In 1971, Branson was arrested and charged for selling records in Virgin stores that had been declared export stock.

.He leased out studio time to fledgling artists, including multi-instrumentalist Mike Oldfield.^ He leased out studio time to fledgling artists, including multi-instrumentalist Mike Oldfield .

^ My only regret is that Richard Branson found Mike Oldfield back then (which my music was similar to at the time) - but didn't find me.
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.In 1971, Branson was arrested and charged for selling records in Virgin stores that had been declared export stock.^ In 1971, Branson was arrested and charged for selling records in Virgin stores that had been declared export stock.

^ Richard Branson recounts this as a sad moment in his life when he had to sell Virgin Records to Thorn EMI in order to keep a floundering Virgin Atlantic Airways afloat.
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^ Branson sell the Virgin Music Group to THORN EMI for $ billion USD. The ‘Group’ now consists of gigantic music stores, mobile, internet, retail hotels travel and leisure as well as airlines and consists of over 200 companies.
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.He settled out-of-court with UK Customs and Excise with an agreement to repay the unpaid tax and fines.^ He settled out-of-court with UK Customs and Excise with an agreement to repay the unpaid tax and fines.

.Branson's mother Eve re-mortgaged the family home to help pay the settlement [7].^ Branson's mother Eve re-mortgaged the family home to help pay the settlement 7 .

^ Branson's mother proposed Digital Help .
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^ Branson was born at Stonefield Nursing Home in Blackheath , South London , the son of barrister Edward James Branson and Eve Branson ( née Huntley Flindt).

.Virgin Records' first release was Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells, which was a best-seller and British LP chart topper.^ Virgin Records' first release was Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells , which was a best-seller and British LP chart topper.

^ The store prompted Branson to open a recording studio and his first huge hit was a recording by Mike Oldfield whose Tubular Bells album sold five (5) million copies.
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^ His first attempt in the "Virgin Atlantic Challenger" led to the boat capsizing in British waters and a rescue by RAF helicopter, which received wide media coverage.

.The company signed controversial bands such as the Sex Pistols, which other companies were reluctant to sign.^ The company signed controversial bands such as the Sex Pistols , which other companies were reluctant to sign.

^ And since nothing succeeds like success the company went on to sign artists such as Genesis, Phil Collins, Janet Jackson, Carlisle, the Rolling Stones as well as others.
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.It also won praise for exposing the public to obscure avant-garde music such as the krautrock bands Faust and Can.^ It also won praise for exposing the public to obscure avant-garde music such as the krautrock bands Faust and Can .

.Virgin Records also introduced Culture Club to the music world.^ Virgin Records also introduced Culture Club to the music world.

^ Richard is best known for his Virgin brand of over 360 companies, including the Virgin Atlantic Airways and the Virgin Records music label.
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^ With his flamboyant and competitive style, Branson's Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s—as he set up Virgin Atlantic Airways and expanded the Virgin Records music label.

.In the early 1980s, Virgin purchased the gay nightclub Heaven.^ In the early 1980s, Virgin purchased the gay nightclub Heaven .

.In 1991 in a consortium with David Frost, Richard Branson had made the unsuccessful bid for three ITV franchisees under the CPV-TV name.^ In 1991 in a consortium with David Frost , Richard Branson had made the unsuccessful bid for three ITV franchisees under the CPV-TV name.

^ At the bidding of his mother, Sir Richard Branson bought this property as he began a round the world hot-air balloon excursion from Marrakech.
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^ It could be third time lucky for Richard Branson's the People's Lottery after 80% of the Camelot consortium has been put up for sale...
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.The early 1980s also saw his only attempt as a producer - on the novelty record "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep" by Singing Sheep.^ The early 1980s also saw his only attempt as a producer - on the novelty record " Baa, Baa, Black Sheep " by Singing Sheep.

^ The recording was a series of sheep baaing along to a drum machine produced track, and even made the charts at #42 in 1982.

The recording was a series of sheep baaing along to a drum machine produced track, and even made the charts at #42 in 1982.
.In 1992, to keep his airline company afloat, Branson sold the Virgin label to EMI for $1 billion.^ In 1992, to keep his airline company afloat, Branson sold the Virgin label to EMI for $1 billion.

^ Branson sell the Virgin Music Group to THORN EMI for $ billion USD. The ‘Group’ now consists of gigantic music stores, mobile, internet, retail hotels travel and leisure as well as airlines and consists of over 200 companies.
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^ Richard is best known for his Virgin brand of over 360 companies, including the Virgin Atlantic Airways and the Virgin Records music label.
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.Branson says that he wept when the sale was completed since the record business had been the genesis of the Virgin Empire.^ Branson says that he wept when the sale was completed since the record business had been the genesis of the Virgin Empire.

^ And in addition to his business savvy, Branson has also beaten some world records such as being the first to fly across the Atlantic in a hot-air balloon.
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^ The name "Virgin" was suggested by one of Branson's early employees, who suggested the name because they were all new at business.

.February 2007" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] He later formed V2 Records to re-enter the music business.^ He later formed V2 Records to re-enter the music business.

^ But Richard Branson did just that, setting up a magazine and then entering the record business.
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^ In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Megastores and rebranded after a management buyout as Zavvi in late 2007.

.This was later sold to Zavvi, which has since closed all stores permanently.^ This was later sold to Zavvi , which has since closed all stores permanently.

^ In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Megastores and rebranded after a management buyout as Zavvi in late 2007.

Business ventures

.Branson formed Virgin Atlantic Airways in 1984, launched Virgin Mobile in 1999, Virgin Blue in Australia in 2000. He was 9th in the Sunday Times Rich List 2006, worth just over £3 billion.^ Main article: List of Richard Branson's business ventures Branson formed Virgin Atlantic Airways in 1984, launched Virgin Mobile in 1999, Virgin Blue in Australia in 2000.

^ He was 9th in the Sunday Times Rich List 2006 , worth just over £3 billion.

^ Branson is a Star Trek fan and named his new spaceship VSS Enterprise in honor of the famous Star Trek ships, and in 2006, offered actor William Shatner a free ride on the inaugural space launch of Virgin Galactic.

Branson wrote in his autobiography of the decision to start an airline:
.My interest in life comes from setting myself huge, apparently unachievable challenges and trying to rise above them...from the perspective of wanting to live life to the full, I felt that I had to attempt it.^ My interest in life comes from setting myself huge, apparently unachievable challenges and trying to rise above them...from the perspective of wanting to live life to the full, I felt that I had to attempt it.

^ I am a hard working honest woman, have a good job for over 13yrs, and can afford to pay back my debt but just tired of living with high interest payday loans to keep my life going.
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^ All I want is for my family to experience life without concern for money.
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.In 1993, Branson took what many saw as being one of his riskier business exploits by entering into the railway business.^ In 1993, Branson took what many saw as being one of his riskier business exploits by entering into the railway business.

^ Branson’s dyslexia helps to explain how he has managed to form so many companies and enter business areas which he seemingly was not qualified or prepared for.
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^ Ironically, Private Eye had been mainly responsible for Branson's initial success, as it was one of the few nationally distributed magazines that carried advertising for his mail-order business.

.Virgin Trains won the franchises for the former Intercity West Coast and Cross-Country sectors of British Rail.^ Competition on those West Coast routes is likely to be intense, particularly between Virgin and JetBlue.
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.Launched with the usual Branson fanfare with promises of new high-tech tilting trains and enhanced levels of service, Virgin Trains soon ran into problems with the rolling stock and infrastructure it had inherited from British Rail.^ Virgin launch gadget help service .
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^ Launched with the usual Branson fanfare with promises of new high-tech tilting trains and enhanced levels of service, Virgin Trains soon ran into problems with the rolling stock and infrastructure it had inherited from British Rail.

^ The company's reputation was almost irreversibly damaged in the late 1990s as it struggled to make trains reliably run on time while it awaited the modernisation of the West Coast Main Line, and the arrival of new rolling stock.

.The company's reputation was almost irreversibly damaged in the late 1990s as it struggled to make trains reliably run on time while it awaited the modernisation of the West Coast Main Line, and the arrival of new rolling stock.^ The company's reputation was almost irreversibly damaged in the late 1990s as it struggled to make trains reliably run on time while it awaited the modernisation of the West Coast Main Line, and the arrival of new rolling stock.

^ Launched with the usual Branson fanfare with promises of new high-tech tilting trains and enhanced levels of service, Virgin Trains soon ran into problems with the rolling stock and infrastructure it had inherited from British Rail.

^ Branson has already got a biofuel train running in Europe, based on his belief that the new environmental technologies are not only smart, but good business.
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.Virgin acquired European short-haul airline Euro Belgian Airlines in 1996 and renamed it Virgin Express.^ Virgin acquired European short-haul airline Euro Belgian Airlines in 1996 and renamed it Virgin Express .

.In 2006 the airline was merged with SN Brussels Airlines forming Brussels Airlines.^ In 2006 the airline was merged with SN Brussels Airlines forming Brussels Airlines .

.It also started a national airline based in Nigeria, called Virgin Nigeria.^ It also started a national airline based in Nigeria, called Virgin Nigeria .

^ After the so-called campaign of "dirty tricks" (see expanded reference in Virgin Atlantic Airways ), Branson sued rival airline British Airways for libel in 1992.

^ "Based on that premise," he says, "I managed to persuade my very dubious record company to let me start an airline.
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.Another airline, Virgin America, began flying out of the San Francisco International Airport in August 2007. Branson has also developed a Virgin Cola brand and even a Virgin Vodka brand, which has not been a very successful enterprise.^ Branson has also developed a Virgin Cola brand and even a Virgin Vodka brand, which has not been a very successful enterprise.

^ I'll fly Virgin too Sir Branson!
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^ Fly VIRGIN AMERICA as soon as you can.
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.As a consequence of these lacklustre performers, the satirical British fortnightly magazine Private Eye has been critical of Branson and his companies (see Private Eye image caption).^ As a consequence of these lacklustre performers, the satirical British fortnightly magazine Private Eye has been critical of Branson and his companies (see Private Eye image caption).

^ Ironically, Private Eye had been mainly responsible for Branson's initial success, as it was one of the few nationally distributed magazines that carried advertising for his mail-order business.

^ After the so-called campaign of "dirty tricks" (see expanded reference in Virgin Atlantic Airways ), Branson sued rival airline British Airways for libel in 1992.

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.After the so-called campaign of "dirty tricks" (see expanded reference in Virgin Atlantic Airways), Branson sued rival airline British Airways for libel in 1992. John King, then-chairman of British Airways, counter-sued, and the case went to trial in 1993. British Airways, faced with likely defeat, settled the case, giving £500,000 to Branson and a further £110,000 to his airline and had to pay legal fees of up to £3 million.^ After the so-called campaign of "dirty tricks" (see expanded reference in Virgin Atlantic Airways ), Branson sued rival airline British Airways for libel in 1992.

^ British Airways, faced with likely defeat, settled the case, giving £500,000 to Branson and a further £110,000 to his airline and had to pay legal fees of up to £3 million.

^ John King , then-chairman of British Airways, counter-sued, and the case went to trial in 1993.

.Branson divided his compensation (the so-called "BA bonus") among his staff.^ Branson divided his compensation (the so-called "BA bonus") among his staff.

.On 25 September 2004, Branson announced the signing of a deal under which a new space tourism company, Virgin Galactic, will license the technology behind Spaceship One—funded by Microsoft co-Founder Paul Allen and designed by legendary American aeronautical engineer and visionary Burt Rutan—to take paying passengers into suborbital space.^ Rutan and Branson make a giant leap for space tourism .
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^ On 25 September 2004, Branson announced the signing of a deal under which a new space tourism company, Virgin Galactic , will license the technology behind Spaceship One —funded by Microsoft co-Founder Paul Allen and designed by legendary American aeronautical engineer and visionary Burt Rutan —to take paying passengers into suborbital space .

^ Burt Rutan sees the future of space .
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.Virgin Galactic (wholly owned by Virgin Group) plans to make flights available to the public with tickets priced at US$200,000 using Scaled Composites White Knight Two.^ Virgin Galactic (wholly owned by Virgin Group) plans to make flights available to the public with tickets priced at US$200,000 using Scaled Composites White Knight Two .

^ Virgin has already collected its $200,000 round-trip fare from 175 passengers who will blast off from the Virgin Galactic Spaceport in New Mexico and travel 68 miles (109 kilometers) above the Earth—a two-and-a-half-hour flight.
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^ I think, with us, we've got a video that shows what you're up to and Virgin Galactic up in the air.
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.Branson's next venture with the Virgin group is Virgin Fuels, which is set to respond to global warming and exploit the recent spike in fuel costs by offering a revolutionary, cheaper fuel for automobiles and, in the near future, aircraft.^ Because i want to contact wuth sir richard branson about fight global warming.

^ Richard Branson's new venture, Virgin Galactic, plans to unveil a spaceship today that will carry civilians into space -- for a hefty fee.
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^ Keynote speakers include: Sir Richard Branson , president and founder of Virgin Group.
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.Branson has stated that he was formerly a global warming skeptic and was influenced in his decision by a breakfast meeting with Al Gore.^ Branson has stated that he was formerly a global warming skeptic and was influenced in his decision by a breakfast meeting with Al Gore .

^ They discussed global warming-related problems facing the world, hoping that this meeting will be a precursor to many more future discussions regarding similar problems.

^ Washington Post, February 10, 2007: "British billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson, with former vice president Al Gore at his side...
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[13]
.Branson has been tagged as a "transformational leader" in the management lexicon, with his maverick strategies and his stress on the Virgin Group as an organization driven on informality and information, one that is bottom-heavy rather than strangled by top-level management.^ Branson has been tagged as a "transformational leader" in the management lexicon, with his maverick strategies and his stress on the Virgin Group as an organization driven on informality and information, one that is bottom-heavy rather than strangled by top-level management.

^ Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal helped pick the top six entries from more than one million, and Walkers turned the ideas into reality.
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^ Bloomberg: Virgin’s Branson sees expansion into mortgages, banking “Virgin Group Chairman Richard Branson speaks with Bloomberg’s Bernard Lo about his expansion strategy for Virgin Money.
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.On 21 September 2006, Branson pledged to invest the profits of Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Trains in research for environmentally friendly fuels.^ On 21 September 2006, Branson pledged to invest the profits of Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Trains in research for environmentally friendly fuels.

^ Branson has already got a biofuel train running in Europe, based on his belief that the new environmental technologies are not only smart, but good business.
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^ In September 2008 Branson and his children made an unsuccessful attempt at an Eastbound record crossing of the Atlantic ocean under sail in the 99 feet (30 m) sloop Virgin Money .

.The investment is estimated to be worth $3 billion.^ The investment is estimated to be worth $3 billion.

^ Your net worth is currently estimated in the billions.
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^ Richard Branson is the 261st richest person in the world according to Forbes ' 2009 list of billionaires , with an estimated net worth of approximately £1.5 billion ( US $2.5 billion ).

[14][15]
.On 4 July 2006, Branson sold his Virgin Mobile company to UK cable TV, broadband, and telephone company NTL/NTL:Telewest for almost £1 billion.^ On 4 July 2006, Branson sold his Virgin Mobile company to UK cable TV, broadband, and telephone company NTL / NTL:Telewest for almost £1 billion.

^ Virgin Mobile spokeswoman Paula Lash said the company never intended to offend anyone, but was not about to pull the advertising.

^ Branson sell the Virgin Music Group to THORN EMI for $ billion USD. The ‘Group’ now consists of gigantic music stores, mobile, internet, retail hotels travel and leisure as well as airlines and consists of over 200 companies.
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.As part of the sale, the company pays a minimum of £8.5 million per year to use the Virgin name and Branson became the company's largest shareholder.^ As part of the sale, the company pays a minimum of £8.5 million per year to use the Virgin name and Branson became the company's largest shareholder.

^ Richard Branson has revealed that Virgin Books, in which he owns a 10 per cent stake, has agreed to publish the 35-year-old's first book.
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^ The new company was launched with much fanfare and publicity on 8 February 2007, under the name Virgin Media .

.April 2007" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] The new company was launched with much fanfare and publicity on 8 February 2007, under the name Virgin Media.^ The new company was launched with much fanfare and publicity on 8 February 2007, under the name Virgin Media .

^ Virgin launches Digital Help company .
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^ Launched with the usual Branson fanfare with promises of new high-tech tilting trains and enhanced levels of service, Virgin Trains soon ran into problems with the rolling stock and infrastructure it had inherited from British Rail.

.The decision to merge his Virgin Media Company with NTL was in order to integrate both of the companies' compatible parts of commerce.^ The Virgin brand is one of the most recognisable in the world, helped in no small part by its CEO’s willingness to have fun with his own image in a way unimaginable for most brands and companies.
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^ I have been with NTL for 4 years and then you took over the company so it is now Virgin Media i had no reason to go to another company as i was well happey with my services.
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^ She would love a chance to prove herself at your company Virgin Media.

.Branson used to own three quarters of Virgin Mobile, whereas now he owns 15 percent of the new Virgin Media company.^ Branson used to own three quarters of Virgin Mobile, whereas now he owns 15 percent of the new Virgin Media company.

^ Virgin Mobile spokeswoman Paula Lash said the company never intended to offend anyone, but was not about to pull the advertising.

^ Branson sell the Virgin Music Group to THORN EMI for $ billion USD. The ‘Group’ now consists of gigantic music stores, mobile, internet, retail hotels travel and leisure as well as airlines and consists of over 200 companies.
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[16]
.In 2006, Branson formed Virgin Comics and Virgin Animation an entertainment company focussed on creating new stories and characters for a global audience.^ In 2006, Branson formed Virgin Comics and Virgin Animation an entertainment company focussed on creating new stories and characters for a global audience.

^ Disney in talks with Vimanika Comics Digital Spy, September 16, 2009 ...investment in Bollywood studio UTV. The firm faces stiff competition in the market, with the Cartoon Network and Richard Branson 's Virgin Comics already drawing from Indian sources to create successful new properties.
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^ Branson is a Star Trek fan and named his new spaceship VSS Enterprise in honor of the famous Star Trek ships, and in 2006, offered actor William Shatner a free ride on the inaugural space launch of Virgin Galactic.

.The Company was founded with author Deepak Chopra, filmmaker Shekhar Kapur and entrepreneurs Sharad Devarajan and Gotham Chopra.^ The Company was founded with author Deepak Chopra , filmmaker Shekhar Kapur and entrepreneurs Sharad Devarajan and Gotham Chopra .

.Branson also launched the Virgin Health Bank on 1 February 2007, offering parents-to-be the opportunity of storing their baby's umbilical cord blood stem cells in private and public stem cell banks after their baby's birth.^ Branson also launched the Virgin Health Bank on 1 February 2007, offering parents-to-be the opportunity of storing their baby's umbilical cord blood stem cells in private and public stem cell banks after their baby's birth.

^ On 10 January 2008, Branson's Virgin Healthcare announced that it would open a chain of health care clinics that would offer conventional medical care alongside homeopathic and complementary therapies.

^ Branson is a Star Trek fan and named his new spaceship VSS Enterprise in honor of the famous Star Trek ships, and in 2006, offered actor William Shatner a free ride on the inaugural space launch of Virgin Galactic.

.In June 2006, a tip-off from Virgin Atlantic led US and UK competition authorities to investigate price-fixing attempts between Virgin Atlantic and British Airways.^ In June 2006, a tip-off from Virgin Atlantic led US and UK competition authorities to investigate price-fixing attempts between Virgin Atlantic and British Airways.

^ His first attempt in the "Virgin Atlantic Challenger" led to the boat capsizing in British waters and a rescue by RAF helicopter, which received wide media coverage.

^ The battle which Virgin Airways encountered with British Airways that consisted of ‘dirty tactics’ is testament to having ’solid ground’ from which to operate.
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.In August 2007, British Airways was fined £271 million over the allegations.^ In August 2007, British Airways was fined £271 million over the allegations.

.Virgin Atlantic was given immunity for tipping off the authorities and received no fine - a controversial decision the Office of Fair Trading defended as being in the public interest.^ Virgin Atlantic was given immunity for tipping off the authorities and received no fine - a controversial decision the Office of Fair Trading defended as being in the public interest.

^ His first attempt in the "Virgin Atlantic Challenger" led to the boat capsizing in British waters and a rescue by RAF helicopter, which received wide media coverage.

^ Here, he is seen as a passenger going through Miami Airport security check-in and being frisked – several Virgin Atlantic planes appear soon after.

[17]
.On 9 February 2007, Branson announced the setting up of a new Global science and technology prize—The Virgin Earth Challenge—in the belief that history has shown that prizes of this nature encourage technological advancements for the good of mankind.^ On 9 February 2007, Branson announced the setting up of a new Global science and technology prize—The Virgin Earth Challenge —in the belief that history has shown that prizes of this nature encourage technological advancements for the good of mankind.

^ Branson's next venture with the Virgin group is Virgin Fuels , which is set to respond to global warming and exploit the recent spike in fuel costs by offering a revolutionary, cheaper fuel for automobiles and, in the near future, aircraft.

^ On 18 July 2007, in Johannesburg , South Africa, Nelson Mandela announced the formation of a new group, The Elders , in a speech he delivered on the occasion of his 89th birthday.

.The Virgin Earth Challenge will award $25 million to the individual or group who are able to demonstrate a commercially viable design which will result in the net removal of anthropogenic, atmospheric greenhouse gases each year for at least ten years without countervailing harmful effects.^ The Virgin Earth Challenge will award $25 million to the individual or group who are able to demonstrate a commercially viable design which will result in the net removal of anthropogenic, atmospheric greenhouse gases each year for at least ten years without countervailing harmful effects.

^ As if his plan for global domination weren't enough, Virgin Group honcho Richard Branson is taking to space with his new commercial spacecraft, SpaceShipTwo...
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^ We have waited too long to be able to solve the global warming problem without actively removing CO2 from the atmosphere.
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.This removal must have long term effects and contribute materially to the stability of the Earth's climate.^ This removal must have long term effects and contribute materially to the stability of the Earth's climate.

.Branson also announced that he would be joined in the adjudication of the Prize by a panel of five judges, all world authorities in their respective fields: Al Gore, Sir Crispin Tickell, Tim Flannery, James E. Hansen, and James Lovelock.^ Branson also announced that he would be joined in the adjudication of the Prize by a panel of five judges, all world authorities in their respective fields: Al Gore , Sir Crispin Tickell , Tim Flannery , James Hansen , and James Lovelock .

^ The primary purpose that drives and directs all of Richard Branson’s choices, decisions, behavior and actions is the act of Making a Difference in this World .
  • Richard Branson Mind Map: Secrets to My Success | IQ Matrix Blog 6 February 2010 13:15 UTC blog.iqmatrix.com [Source type: General]

^ Following a row with his record company Prince announced to the world (on June 7th, 1993) that he would be changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol.
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.The panel of judges will be assisted in their deliberations by The Climate Group and Special Advisor to The Virgin Earth Prize Judges, Steve Howard.^ Virgin Group Virgin Earth Challenge List of Richard Branson's business ventures Notes .

^ The panel of judges will be assisted in their deliberations by The Climate Group and Special Advisor to The Virgin Earth Prize Judges, Steve Howard.

.Richard Branson got involved with football when he sponsored Nuneaton Borough for their January 2006 FA Cup 3rd round game against Middlesbrough.^ Himself - Episode dated 28 September 2006 (2006) TV episode (as Sir Richard Branson) ....
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^ The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 is sponsored by Virgin and founder Sir Richard Branson said: "The last year has been one of the toughest I remember in business.
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^ Himself - Episode dated 8 January 2004 (2004) TV episode (as Sir Richard Branson) ....
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The game ended 1-1 and the Virgin brand was also on Nuneaton Borough's shirts for the replay which they eventually lost 2-5.[citation needed]
.In August 2007, Branson announced that he bought a 20 percent stake in Malaysia's AirAsia X.^ In August 2007, Branson announced that he bought a 20 percent stake in Malaysia's AirAsia X .

^ In August 2007, Branson announced on The Colbert Report that he had named a new aircraft Air Colbert.

[18]
Branson in April 2009 at the OC launch of Virgin America
.On 13 October 2007, Branson's Virgin Group sought to add Northern Rock to its empire after submitting an offer which would result in Branson personally owning 30% of the company, changing the company's name from Northern Rock to Virgin Money.^ Branson in April 2009 at the OC launch of Virgin America On 13 October 2007, Branson's Virgin Group sought to add Northern Rock to its empire after submitting an offer which would result in Branson personally owning 30% of the company, changing the company's name from Northern Rock to Virgin Money .

^ Branson's next venture with the Virgin group is Virgin Fuels , which is set to respond to global warming and exploit the recent spike in fuel costs by offering a revolutionary, cheaper fuel for automobiles and, in the near future, aircraft.

^ The couple wed—at their daughter Holly's suggestion when she was eight years old—in 1989 at Necker Island , a 74-acre (30 ha) island in the British Virgin Islands that Branson owns.

[19] .The Daily Mail ran a campaign against his bid and Liberal Democrats' financial spokesperson Vince Cable suggested in the House of Commons that Branson's criminal conviction for tax evasion might be felt by some as a good enough reason not to trust him with public money .^ The Daily Mail ran a campaign against his bid and Liberal Democrats' financial spokesperson Vince Cable suggested in the House of Commons that Branson's criminal conviction for tax evasion might be felt by some as a good enough reason not to trust him with public money .

^ I’m sure his mail will be screened but if it sounds good enough it might get through.

^ Business Stripped Bare By Richard Branson Ever felt like you’ve made some business decisions that really pushed the boat out?
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[20]
.On 10 January 2008, Branson's Virgin Healthcare announced that it would open a chain of health care clinics that would offer conventional medical care alongside homeopathic and complementary therapies.^ Richard Branson has revealed that Virgin Books, in which he owns a 10 per cent stake, has agreed to publish the 35-year-old's first book.
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^ Adrian Jacklowsky Says: July 28th, 2009 at 3:10 am Definitely would like to meet Richard Branson, as he has been an inspiration for me for some time.
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^ I would love to meet both but if i had to choose it would be Richard Branson as i have followed his career and development for many years.
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[21] .The Financial Times reported that Ben Bradshaw, UK's health minister, welcomed the launch.^ The Financial Times reported that Ben Bradshaw , UK's health minister, welcomed the launch.

."I am pleased that Virgin Healthcare is proposing to work with GPs to help develop more integrated services for patients."^ "I am pleased that Virgin Healthcare is proposing to work with GPs to help develop more integrated services for patients."

^ Can you help me find work please Sir Richard, I thought I would ask you because, you know, and meet, so many different people in life ??

^ I would share the informatiom and help develope the process.If you are interrested please email me.

.In February 2009, Branson's Virgin organisation were reported as bidding to buy the former Honda Formula One team.^ Branson may rescue Formula One team .
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^ In February 2009, Branson's Virgin organisation were reported as bidding to buy the former Honda Formula One team.

^ Sir Richard Branson has just opened phase one of the first U.S. outpost of his Virgin Limited Edition Collection of luxury retreats, a culinary center, resort...
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.Branson later stated an interest in Formula One, but claimed that before the Virgin brand became involved with Honda or any other team, Formula One would have to develop a more economically efficient and environmentally responsible image.^ Branson later stated an interest in Formula One, but claimed that before the Virgin brand became involved with Honda or any other team, Formula One would have to develop a more economically efficient and environmentally-responsible image.

^ These people are simply using cheap tactics to prolong their profitable industries which can and will be replaced by more economically and ecologically viable ones.
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^ Virgin has launched several brands, some of them successful, and others dismal.
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.At the start of the 2009 formula one season on March 28, it was announced that Virgin would be sponsoring the new Brawn GP team.^ Terry Says: July 27th, 2009 at 11:30 pm To meet either one would be great but to have both in the same place would be priceless.
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^ Button wins Australian Grand Prix for Brawn March 28, 2009 - March 29, 2009 .
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^ Says: July 28th, 2009 at 11:26 pm I agree with Robert,this would be an amazing opportunity but if i only get to choose one it would be the Dalai Lama..
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[22], with discussions also underway about introducing a less "dirty" fuel in the medium term[23]
.Branson's Ninety Acres Culinary Center in New Jersey will open in December 2009 with a restaurant run by chef David Felton, cooking school, wine school and working farm.^ Branson's Ninety Acres Culinary Center in New Jersey will open in December 2009 with a restaurant run by chef David Felton , cooking school, wine school and working farm.

^ Got my book back 0 to IPO in 7 Years, December 16, 2009 ...night I worked late, and was looking forward to relaxing in a near-empty bus and reading more of Richard Branson ’s excellent autobiography.
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^ We personally have worked with groups from Philidephia exclusively to New Jersey.
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[24] The culinary center is the first phase to turn Natirar, the King of Morocco’s former estate, into a luxury resort, spa and culinary center.[24]
.In 2010 Richard Branson became patron of the UK's Gordon Bennett 2010 gas balloon race , which has 16 hydrogen balloons flying across Europe.^ Branson is the patron of several charities, including the International Rescue Corps and Prisoners Abroad , a registered charity which supports Britons who are detained outside of the UK. .

^ But put my butt on Richard Branson’s new plane with him on board, and I would be flying high in more ways than one!
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^ If Richard Branson came here and did that I for sure would fly Virgin.
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[25]

Humanitarian initiatives

.In the late 1990s, Branson and musician Peter Gabriel discussed with Nelson Mandela their idea of a small, dedicated group of leaders, working objectively and without any vested personal interest to solve difficult global conflicts.^ In the late 1990s, Branson and musician Peter Gabriel discussed with Nelson Mandela their idea of a small, dedicated group of leaders, working objectively and without any vested personal interest to solve difficult global conflicts.

^ On 18 July 2007, in Johannesburg , South Africa, Nelson Mandela announced the formation of a new group, The Elders , in a speech he delivered on the occasion of his 89th birthday.

^ I admire his selfless work to solving global problems.
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[26]
.On 18 July 2007, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Nelson Mandela announced the formation of a new group, The Elders, in a speech he delivered on the occasion of his 89th birthday.^ On 18 July 2007, in Johannesburg , South Africa, Nelson Mandela announced the formation of a new group, The Elders , in a speech he delivered on the occasion of his 89th birthday.

^ Global Elders (July 18, 2007).

^ I work for a leading engineering company who is busy with the development of biodiesel in South Africa for the past 18 months.
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.The founding members of this group are Desmond Tutu, Graça Machel, Kofi Annan, Ela Bhatt, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Jimmy Carter, Li Zhaoxing, Mary Robinson, and Muhammad Yunus.^ "Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu Announce The Elders – An Historic Group of World Leaders" .

^ The founding members of this group are Desmond Tutu , Graça Machel , Kofi Annan , Ela Bhatt , Gro Harlem Brundtland , Jimmy Carter , Li Zhaoxing , Mary Robinson , and Muhammad Yunus .

[26] .The Elders is independently funded by a group of "Founders", including Branson and Gabriel.^ The Elders is independently funded by a group of "Founders", including Branson and Gabriel.

^ Submit your questions for our next Digg Dialogg with Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson , presented by Freecreditreport.com .
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^ The likes of Richard Branson and Alan Sugar head up the old school while younger men like Simon Nixon (Co-founder of Moneysupermaket Group) may...
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.Desmond Tutu serves as the chair of The Elders— who will use their collective skills to catalyze peaceful resolutions to long-standing conflicts, articulate new approaches to global issues that are causing or may cause immense human suffering, and share wisdom by helping to connect voices all over the world.^ Desmond Tutu serves as the chair of The Elders— who will use their collective skills to catalyze peaceful resolutions to long-standing conflicts, articulate new approaches to global issues that are causing or may cause immense human suffering, and share wisdom by helping to connect voices all over the world.

^ You have an innate understanding of the laws of cause and effect which can be used in detecting trends whether in the stock market or the world at large.

^ In this country and all over the world people are getting killed daily due to stray animals walking onto the roads and causing accidents.

.They will work together over the next several months to carefully consider which specific issues they will approach.^ They will work together over the next several months to carefully consider which specific issues they will approach.

.Branson's other work in South Africa includes the Branson School of Entrepreneurship, set up in 2005 as a partnership between Virgin Unite, the non-profit foundation of Virgin, and entrepreneur Taddy Bletcher, the founder of CIDA City Campus, a university in Johannesburg.^ Branson's other work in South Africa includes the Branson School of Entrepreneurship, set up in 2005 as a partnership between Virgin Unite , the non-profit foundation of Virgin, and entrepreneur Taddy Bletcher, the founder of CIDA City Campus , a university in Johannesburg.

^ On 9 February 2007, Branson announced the setting up of a new Global science and technology prize—The Virgin Earth Challenge —in the belief that history has shown that prizes of this nature encourage technological advancements for the good of mankind.

^ The school aims to improve economic growth in South Africa by supporting start-ups and micro-enterprises with skills, mentors, services, networks and finance arrangements.

.The school aims to improve economic growth in South Africa by supporting start-ups and micro-enterprises with skills, mentors, services, networks and finance arrangements.^ The school aims to improve economic growth in South Africa by supporting start-ups and micro-enterprises with skills, mentors, services, networks and finance arrangements.

^ Fundraising activity to support the school is notably achieved by the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 , sponsored by Virgin Group , at its yearly event, where places to join Richard Branson on trips to South Africa to provide coaching and mentoring to students are auctioned to attendees.

^ We need people who think out of the box to drive growth in South Africa, and he can help people do this – he has spent his whole life thinking way out of the box!
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[27] .Fundraising activity to support the school is notably achieved by the Sunday Times Fast Track 100, sponsored by Virgin Group, at its yearly event, where places to join Richard Branson on trips to South Africa to provide coaching and mentoring to students are auctioned to attendees.^ Fundraising activity to support the school is notably achieved by the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 , sponsored by Virgin Group , at its yearly event, where places to join Richard Branson on trips to South Africa to provide coaching and mentoring to students are auctioned to attendees.

^ Richard Branson joins the space race .
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^ The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 is sponsored by Virgin and founder Sir Richard Branson said: "The last year has been one of the toughest I remember in business.
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.In 2009, Jason Luckhurst and Boyd Kershaw of Practicus, Martin Ainscough of the Ainscough Group and Matthew Riley of Daisy Communications helped raise £150,000 through the auction.^ In 2009, Jason Luckhurst and Boyd Kershaw of Practicus , Martin Ainscough of the Ainscough Group and Matthew Riley of Daisy Communications helped raise £150,000 through the auction.

^ Virgin Unite ^ Fast Track 100 entrepreneurs raise gbp 150,000 in charity auction for South African students ^ [2] Reserve Dinners ^ New York Times article Thinking Green While Sifting Through the Sand published 22 March 2008 ^ BBC (9 May 2009).

[28]
.In September 2007, Richard Branson chaired the jury of the first Picnic Green Challenge, a €500,000 award for best new green initiative, set up by the Dutch "Postcode Loterij" (ZIP code Lottery) and the PICNIC Network of creative professionals.^ Richard Branson is the best!
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^ In September 2007, Richard Branson chaired the jury of the first Picnic Green Challenge , a €500,000 award for best new green initiative, set up by the Dutch "Postcode Loterij" (ZIP code Lottery) and the PICNIC Network of creative professionals.

^ On 9 February 2007, Branson announced the setting up of a new Global science and technology prize—The Virgin Earth Challenge —in the belief that history has shown that prizes of this nature encourage technological advancements for the good of mankind.

The first Green Challenge was won by Qurrent with the Qbox.
.Branson was the first celebrity guest for the popular charity fund raisers, Reserve Dinners, raising over $75,000 in one evening towards his Virgin Unite charity.^ Sir Richard Branson has just opened phase one of the first U.S. outpost of his Virgin Limited Edition Collection of luxury retreats, a culinary center, resort...
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^ Top scientists share some predictions for the decade to come, one of which included this: Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin tycoon, is even more enthusiastic about activity in space in 2020.
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^ Branson can send me a first class ticket on Virgin - no shoe shinning required!
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[29]
.In March 2008, Richard Branson hosted an environmental gathering at his private island, Necker Island, in the Caribbean with several prominent entrepreneurs, celebrities, and world leaders.^ I admire Richard Branson so much for his environmentalism.
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^ In March 2008, Richard Branson hosted an environmental gathering at his private island, Necker Island , in the Caribbean with several prominent entrepreneurs, celebrities, and world leaders.

^ Previous speakers at Leaders in Dubai Business Forum have included entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson , former UN secretary general Kofi Annan and journalist and author Malcolm Gladwell...
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.They discussed global warming-related problems facing the world, hoping that this meeting will be a precursor to many more future discussions regarding similar problems.^ They discussed global warming-related problems facing the world, hoping that this meeting will be a precursor to many more future discussions regarding similar problems.

^ This project is very important to the local economy, to ourselves (creators of the project), to the local workers and to the World’s Environment (Global Warming Project).
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^ You like to turn a sunny caring face to the world as a couple and it is important to you to always know where your other half is and what they are doing.

.Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, and Larry Page of Google were in attendance.^ Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair , Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales , and Larry Page of Google were in attendance.

[30]
.On 8 May 2009, Branson took over Mia Farrow's hunger strike in protest of the Sudanese government expulsion of aid groups from the Darfur region.^ On 8 May 2009, Branson took over Mia Farrow 's hunger strike in protest of the Sudanese government expulsion of aid groups from the Darfur region.

^ "Farrow ends Darfur protest fast" .

^ Kate Moss penning tell-all book Marieclaire.co.uk, May 7, 2009 ...Kate Moss is set to finally tell all in an official autobiography, Richard Branson has confirmed.
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[31] .He concluded his scheduled 3-day fast on 11 May.^ He concluded his scheduled 3-day fast on 11 May.

.Later that year, he joined the project Soldiers of Peace, a movie against all wars and for a global peace.^ Later that year, he joined the project Soldiers of Peace , a movie against all wars and for a global peace.

^ Many fundamentalist churches (who I assume believe in creationism) have joined the fight against global warming.
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^ This project can be expanded to the rest of Africa and will not only contribute to your global warming project but will also help in the fight against poverty in Africa - a continent that leans itself to the growing of all sorts of plants that can be used in the manufacturing of biodiesel.
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[32][33]

World record attempts

A 1998 attempt at an around-the-world balloon flight by Branson, Fossett, and Lindstrand ends in the Pacific Ocean on 25 December 1998.
.Richard Branson made several world record-breaking attempts after 1985, when in the spirit of the Blue Riband he attempted the fastest Atlantic Ocean crossing.^ World record attempts .

^ Richard Branson made several world record-breaking attempts after 1985, when in the spirit of the Blue Riband he attempted the fastest Atlantic Ocean crossing.

^ In March 2004, Branson set a record by travelling from Dover to Calais in a Gibbs Aquada , in 1 hour, 40 minutes, and 6 seconds, the fastest crossing of the English Channel in an amphibious vehicle .

His first attempt in the "Virgin Atlantic Challenger" led to the boat capsizing in British waters and a rescue by RAF helicopter, which received wide media coverage. .Some newspapers called for Branson to reimburse the government for the rescue cost.^ Branson needs to some way encourage our government let these ideas develop.

.In 1986, in his "Virgin Atlantic Challenger II", with sailing expert Daniel McCarthy, he beat the record by two hours.^ In 1986, in his "Virgin Atlantic Challenger II", with sailing expert Daniel McCarthy, he beat the record by two hours.

^ His first attempt in the "Virgin Atlantic Challenger" led to the boat capsizing in British waters and a rescue by RAF helicopter, which received wide media coverage.

^ In September 2008 Branson and his children made an unsuccessful attempt at an Eastbound record crossing of the Atlantic ocean under sail in the 99 feet (30 m) sloop Virgin Money .

A year later his hot air balloon "Virgin Atlantic Flyer" crossed the Atlantic. .This was the largest balloon at 2.3 million cubic feet (65,000 m³), and the first hot-air balloon crossing the Atlantic.^ A year later his hot air balloon "Virgin Atlantic Flyer" crossed the Atlantic.

^ This was the largest balloon at 2.3 million cubic feet (65,000 m³), and the first hot-air balloon crossing the Atlantic.

^ In January 1991, Branson crossed the Pacific from Japan to Arctic Canada, 6,700 miles (10,800 km), in a balloon of 2,600,000 cubic feet (74,000 m 3 ).

.It reached 130 miles per hour (209 km/h).^ It reached 130 miles per hour (209 km/h).

^ This broke the record, with a speed of 245 miles per hour (394 km/h).

.In January 1991, Branson crossed the Pacific from Japan to Arctic Canada, 6,700 miles (10,800 km), in a balloon of 2,600,000 cubic feet (74,000 m3).^ In January 1991, Branson crossed the Pacific from Japan to Arctic Canada, 6,700 miles (10,800 km), in a balloon of 2,600,000 cubic feet (74,000 m 3 ).

^ This was the largest balloon at 2.3 million cubic feet (65,000 m³), and the first hot-air balloon crossing the Atlantic.

^ A 1998 attempt at an around-the-world balloon flight by Branson, Fossett, and Lindstrand ends in the Pacific Ocean on 25 December 1998.

This broke the record, with a speed of 245 miles per hour (394 km/h).
.Between 1995 and 1998 Branson, Per Lindstrand and Steve Fossett made attempts to circumnavigate the globe by balloon.^ Between 1995 and 1998 Branson, Per Lindstrand and Steve Fossett made attempts to circumnavigate the globe by balloon.

^ A 1998 attempt at an around-the-world balloon flight by Branson, Fossett, and Lindstrand ends in the Pacific Ocean on 25 December 1998.

^ Richard Branson made several world record-breaking attempts after 1985, when in the spirit of the Blue Riband he attempted the fastest Atlantic Ocean crossing.

In late 1998 they made a record-breaking flight from Morocco to Hawaii but were unable to complete a global flight before Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones in Breitling Orbiter 3 in March 1999.
In March 2004, Branson set a record by travelling from Dover to Calais in a Gibbs Aquada, in 1 hour, 40 minutes, and 6 seconds, the fastest crossing of the English Channel in an amphibious vehicle. .The previous record of six hours was set by two Frenchmen.^ The previous record of six hours was set by two Frenchmen.

^ In 1986, in his "Virgin Atlantic Challenger II", with sailing expert Daniel McCarthy, he beat the record by two hours.

[34] .The cast of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond, attempted to break this record in an amphibious vehicle which they had constructed, and, while successfully crossing the channel, did not break the record of Branson.^ "Branson sets cross-Channel record" .

^ The cast of Top Gear , Jeremy Clarkson , James May , and Richard Hammond , attempted to break this record in an amphibious vehicle which they had constructed, and, while successfully crossing the channel, did not break the record of Branson.

^ In March 2004, Branson set a record by travelling from Dover to Calais in a Gibbs Aquada , in 1 hour, 40 minutes, and 6 seconds, the fastest crossing of the English Channel in an amphibious vehicle .

.In September 2008 Branson and his children made an unsuccessful attempt at an Eastbound record crossing of the Atlantic ocean under sail in the 99 feet (30 m) sloop Virgin Money.^ "Branson sets cross-Channel record" .

^ In September 2008 Branson and his children made an unsuccessful attempt at an Eastbound record crossing of the Atlantic ocean under sail in the 99 feet (30 m) sloop Virgin Money .

^ In 1991 in a consortium with David Frost , Richard Branson had made the unsuccessful bid for three ITV franchisees under the CPV-TV name.

[35] .The boat, also known as Speedboat, is owned by NYYC member Alex Jackson, who was a co-skipper on this passage, with Branson and Mike Sanderson.^ The boat, also known as Speedboat , is owned by NYYC member Alex Jackson, who was a co-skipper on this passage, with Branson and Mike Sanderson.

.After 2 days, 4 hours, winds of force 7 to 9 (strong gale), and seas of 40 feet (12 m), a 'monster wave' destroyed the spinnaker, washed a ten-man life raft overboard and severely ripped the mainsail.^ After 2 days, 4 hours, winds of force 7 to 9 (strong gale), and seas of 40 feet (12 m), a 'monster wave' destroyed the spinnaker , washed a ten-man life raft overboard and severely ripped the mainsail.

She eventually continued to St. George's, Bermuda.[36]

Television, film, and print

.Branson has guest starred, usually playing himself, on several television shows, including Friends, Baywatch, Birds of a Feather, Only Fools and Horses, The Day Today, a special episode of the comedy Goodness Gracious Me and Tripping Over.^ Branson has guest starred, usually playing himself, on several television shows, including Friends , Baywatch , Birds of a Feather , Only Fools and Horses , The Day Today , a special episode of the comedy Goodness Gracious Me and Tripping Over .

^ Branson made several appearances during the nineties on the BBC Saturday morning show Live & Kicking , where he was referred to as 'the pickle man' by comedy act Trev and Simon (in reference to Branston Pickle ).

^ Branson is the patron of several charities, including the International Rescue Corps and Prisoners Abroad , a registered charity which supports Britons who are detained outside of the UK. .

.Branson made several appearances during the nineties on the BBC Saturday morning show Live & Kicking, where he was referred to as 'the pickle man' by comedy act Trev and Simon (in reference to Branston Pickle).^ Branson made several appearances during the nineties on the BBC Saturday morning show Live & Kicking , where he was referred to as 'the pickle man' by comedy act Trev and Simon (in reference to Branston Pickle ).

^ Branson has guest starred, usually playing himself, on several television shows, including Friends , Baywatch , Birds of a Feather , Only Fools and Horses , The Day Today , a special episode of the comedy Goodness Gracious Me and Tripping Over .

^ Branson’s early start, age 17, made this a habit for him and as natural as getting up in the morning.
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[37] .Branson also appears in a cameo early in XTC's "Generals and Majors" video.^ Branson also appears in a cameo early in XTC 's "Generals and Majors" video.

.He was also the star of a reality television show on Fox called The Rebel Billionaire: Branson's Quest for the Best (2004), in which sixteen contestants were tested for their entrepreneurship and sense of adventure.^ He was also the star of a reality television show on Fox called The Rebel Billionaire: Branson's Quest for the Best (2004), in which sixteen contestants were tested for their entrepreneurship and sense of adventure.

^ Branson has guest starred, usually playing himself, on several television shows, including Friends , Baywatch , Birds of a Feather , Only Fools and Horses , The Day Today , a special episode of the comedy Goodness Gracious Me and Tripping Over .

It did not succeed as a rival show to Donald Trump's The Apprentice and only lasted one season.
.His high public profile often leaves him open as a figure of satire—the 2000 AD series Zenith features a parody of Branson as a super villain, as the comic's publisher and favoured distributor and the Virgin group were in competition at the time.^ His high public profile often leaves him open as a figure of satire —the 2000 AD series Zenith features a parody of Branson as a super villain , as the comic's publisher and favoured distributor and the Virgin group were in competition at the time.

^ Virgin cola years ago at the grand opening party of the Virgin Store in Times Square !!!
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^ It seems obvious that Richard Branson has mastered this trait as only one of the thirty five directors associated with the Virgin Group has left the company since its inception.
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.He is also caricatured in The Simpsons episode "Monty Can't Buy Me Love" as the tycoon Arthur Fortune, and as the ballooning megalomaniac Richard Chutney (a pun on Branson, as in Branston Pickle) in Believe Nothing.^ Sandra Sorensen Says: July 28th, 2009 at 4:51 am I will love to meet Richard Branson.
  • Want to meet Richard Branson and the Dalai Lama? - Out of the Box with David Wood 13 January 2010 15:47 UTC life-coaching-resource.com [Source type: General]

^ I LOVE Richard Branson.
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^ I LOVE Richard Branson...can all clients be like him?
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.The character Grandson Richard 39 in Terry Pratchett's Wings is modeled on Branson.^ Richard Branson is not only a business marvel and role model, but his personal philsophy of how he got where he is teaches us all how to live a fulfilling life!
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.He has a cameo appearance in several films: Around the World in 80 Days (2004), where he played a hot-air balloon operator; Superman Returns, where he was credited as a 'Shuttle Engineer' and appeared alongside his son, Sam, with a Virgin Galactic-style commercial suborbital shuttle at the centre of his storyline.^ Number one because of his committment to humanity and number two because we were born the same day, same year and around the same time on different sides of the world.
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.He also has a cameo in the James Bond film Casino Royale.^ He also has a cameo in the James Bond film Casino Royale .

.Here, he is seen as a passenger going through Miami Airport security check-in and being frisked – several Virgin Atlantic planes appear soon after.^ I had bought your book - Losing my Virginity long time back but found the time to go through it only recently.
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.British Airways edited out Branson's cameo.^ British Airways edited out Branson's cameo.

^ After the so-called campaign of "dirty tricks" (see expanded reference in Virgin Atlantic Airways ), Branson sued rival airline British Airways for libel in 1992.

[38]
He makes a number of brief and disjointed appearances in the cult classic documentary Derek and Clive Get the Horn which follows the exploits of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore recording their last comedy album. .Branson and his mother were also featured in the documentary film, Lemonade Stories. In early 2006 on Rove Live, Rove McManus and Sir Richard pushed each other into a swimming pool fully clothed live on TV during a "Live at your house" episode.^ Sir Richard Branson (nl) .
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^ Branson and his mother were also featured in the documentary film, Lemonade Stories.

^ SIR RICHARD BRANSON, Please read this!

.Branson is a Star Trek fan and named his new spaceship VSS Enterprise in honor of the famous Star Trek ships, and in 2006, offered actor William Shatner a free ride on the inaugural space launch of Virgin Galactic.^ Be fun to try Virgin when they launch their new 380s with casinos etc..Service is supposed to be legendary Dec 12, 2008 The Drew said...
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^ Reply Hello Mr. Branson, My name is Matthew Nissen and Mohamed Mahmoud we are local producers in the New Jersey area.
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.In an interview in Time magazine, August 10, 2009, Shatner claims that Branson approached him asking how much he would pay for a ride on the spaceship.^ In response, Shatner asked "how much would you pay me to do it?"

^ In an interview in Time magazine, August 10, 2009, Shatner claims that Branson approached him asking how much he would pay for a ride on the spaceship.

^ Branson is a Star Trek fan and named his new spaceship VSS Enterprise in honor of the famous Star Trek ships, and in 2006, offered actor William Shatner a free ride on the inaugural space launch of Virgin Galactic.

.In response, Shatner asked "how much would you pay me to do it?"^ How would it benefit you as a sponsor?
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^ Please, your response would be much appreciated.

^ I’m in debt up to my you know what… I don’t know how to handle this situation, but I would be a great asset for any business.

.In August 2007, Branson announced on The Colbert Report that he had named a new aircraft Air Colbert.^ Reply Hello Mr. Branson, My name is Matthew Nissen and Mohamed Mahmoud we are local producers in the New Jersey area.
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.He later doused political satirist and talk show host Stephen Colbert with water from his mug.^ He later doused political satirist and talk show host Stephen Colbert with water from his mug.

Branson subsequently took a retaliatory splash from Colbert. .The interview quickly ended, with both laughing[39] as shown on the episode aired on Comedy Central on 22 August 2007. The interview was promoted on The Report as the Colbert-Branson Interview Trainwreck.^ The interview quickly ended, with both laughing 38 as shown on the episode aired on Comedy Central on 22 August 2007.

^ In August 2007, Branson announced on The Colbert Report that he had named a new aircraft Air Colbert.

^ BA cuts Branson from Bond movie ^ Comedy Central: Colbert Report - Richard Branson ^ Neha Dhupia swept off her feet by Richard Branson : Bollywood News : ApunKaChoice.Com ^ Britsaver-an accident waiting to happen.

.Branson then made a cameo appearance on The Soup playing an intern working under Joel McHale who had been warned against getting into water fights with Stephen Colbert, and being subsequently fired.^ Branson then made a cameo appearance on The Soup playing an intern working under Joel McHale who had been warned against getting into water fights with Stephen Colbert, and being subsequently fired.

^ In 1991 in a consortium with David Frost , Richard Branson had made the unsuccessful bid for three ITV franchisees under the CPV-TV name.

^ I think it pretty much sums it up when I can tweet someone who gets Richard Branson to polish his shoes with a jacket that probably costs a couple bucks.
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.In March 2008 he made a small appearance in a budget Bollywood action film alongside Neha Dhupia.^ In March 2008 he made a small appearance in a budget Bollywood action film alongside Neha Dhupia .

.Branson caused a stir in the Indian media as he turned Dhupia upside down on a stage.^ Branson caused a stir in the Indian media as he turned Dhupia upside down on a stage.

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Politics

.Branson was knighted in 1999 for "services to entrepreneurship" and presented as a millennium icon.^ Branson was knighted in 1999 for "services to entrepreneurship" and presented as a millennium icon.

^ He was knighted in 1999 for his "services to entrepreneurship".

.In the 1980s, he was briefly given the post of "litter Tsar" by Margaret Thatcher—charged with "keeping Britain tidy".[41][42] He was again seen as close to the government when the Labour Party came to power in 1997.[citation needed] In 2005 he declared that there were only negligible differences between the two main parties on economic matters.^ In 2005 he declared that there were only negligible differences between the two main parties on economic matters.

^ He was again seen as close to the government when the Labour Party came to power in 1997.

^ In the 1980s, he was briefly given the post of "litter Tsar" by Margaret Thatcher —charged with "keeping Britain tidy".

[43] .He has frequently been mentioned as a candidate for Mayor of London, and polls have suggested he would be a viable candidate, though he has yet to express interest.^ He has frequently been mentioned as a candidate for Mayor of London , and polls have suggested he would be a viable candidate, though he has yet to express interest.

[44][45][46]

Business practices

Branson's business empire is owned by a complicated series of offshore trusts and companies. The Sunday Times stated that his wealth is calculated at £3.065 billion; if he were to retire to his Caribbean island and liquidate all of this he would pay relatively little in tax.[47]
.When Virgin Mobile launched its service in Canada on 1 March 2005, the use of "naughty nurses" in its advertising triggered The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario to demand an apology from Branson and an immediate stop to the campaign, and called on members to boycott Virgin Mobile.^ When Virgin Mobile launched its service in Canada on 1 March 2005, the use of "naughty nurses" in its advertising triggered The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario to demand an apology from Branson and an immediate stop to the campaign, and called on members to boycott Virgin Mobile.

^ "Nurses to boycott 'demeaning' Virgin Mobile ads" .

^ Launched with the usual Branson fanfare with promises of new high-tech tilting trains and enhanced levels of service, Virgin Trains soon ran into problems with the rolling stock and infrastructure it had inherited from British Rail.

.Virgin Mobile spokeswoman Paula Lash said the company never intended to offend anyone, but was not about to pull the advertising.^ Virgin Mobile spokeswoman Paula Lash said the company never intended to offend anyone, but was not about to pull the advertising.

^ Branson used to own three quarters of Virgin Mobile, whereas now he owns 15 percent of the new Virgin Media company.

^ On 4 July 2006, Branson sold his Virgin Mobile company to UK cable TV, broadband, and telephone company NTL / NTL:Telewest for almost £1 billion.

[48]
.When Virgin Mobile included "super hot holiday" wrapping paper with the December 2005 issue of youth magazine Vice, as part of the Hot Box promotion,[49] the wrapping paper contained illustrated holiday angels, where the male angel is touching the female's breast, while the female angel has her hand on the male's genitals.^ The relatively narrow issue of the renegotiated charges for the Sky channels on Virgin Mobile will be resolved, perhaps by a creative bit of face-saving on both sides.

[50] .Famous Players stopped its partnership deals with Virgin Mobile after a complaint.^ Famous Players stopped its partnership deals with Virgin Mobile after a complaint.

Honours

.In 1993, Branson was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Technology from Loughborough University.^ They are all very tallented, university degreed engineers with a very advanced developed technology.
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.He was knighted in 1998 for his "services to entrepreneurship".[51][52] In 2000, Branson received the Tony Jannus Award for his accomplishments in commercial air transportation.^ He was knighted in 1999 for his "services to entrepreneurship".

^ In 2000, Branson received the Tony Jannus Award for his accomplishments in commercial air transportation.

^ Branson was knighted in 1999 for "services to entrepreneurship" and presented as a millennium icon.

Branson is the patron of several charities, including the International Rescue Corps and Prisoners Abroad, a registered charity which supports Britons who are detained outside of the UK.
Sir Richard appears at No. .85 on the 2002 list of "100 Greatest Britons" (sponsored by the BBC and voted for by the public).^ Greatest Britons " (sponsored by the BBC and voted for by the public).

^ Channel 4 's 2003 list of " 100 Worst Britons ".

Sir Richard also ranks No. .86 on Channel 4's 2003 list of "100 Worst Britons". Sir Richard was also ranked in 2007's Time Magazine "Top 100 Most Influential People in the World". In 2009, Branson was voted the UK's "Celebrity Dream Boss" in an opinion poll by Cancer Research UK.^ Channel 4 's 2003 list of " 100 Worst Britons ".

^ Sir Richard was also ranked in 2007's Time Magazine "Top 100 Most Influential People in the World".

^ Sir Richard also ranks No.

[53]
.On 7 December 2007, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon presented Branson with the United Nations Correspondents Association Citizen of the World Award for his support for environmental and humanitarian causes.^ Branson is a supporter of Oxford United .

^ On 7 December 2007, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon presented Branson with the United Nations Correspondents Association Citizen of the World Award for his support for environmental and humanitarian causes.

^ In March 2008, Richard Branson hosted an environmental gathering at his private island, Necker Island , in the Caribbean with several prominent entrepreneurs, celebrities, and world leaders.

[54]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The best business ideas in the world - 1 August 2006
  2. ^ Forbes.com Accessed 1 December 2008.
  3. ^ "Births", The Times, 12 July 1950, pg. 1
  4. ^ "Forthcoming Marriages", The Times, 22 June 1949, pg.7.
  5. ^ "Welcome to Bishopsgate School". http://www.bishopsgateschool.co.uk/. Retrieved 2006-09-19. 
  6. ^ http://www.dyslexiaonline.com/famous/famous.htm
  7. ^ a b c d Richard Branson - Losing my Virginity
  8. ^ "Necker Island Richard Bransons exclusive retreat". Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/holidaytypeshub/article-586850/Necker-Island-Richard-Bransons-exclusive-retreat.html. 
  9. ^ Branson: Why it's no to United
  10. ^ TIME
  11. ^ Another example was the "Net Book Agreement" which limited the ability of book outlets, including discount book clubs, to offer deep discounts.
  12. ^ Ironically, Private Eye had been mainly responsible for Branson's initial success, as it was one of the few nationally distributed magazines that carried advertising for his mail-order business.
  13. ^ ABC News: Breakfast With Al Gore Persuades Branson to Pledge Billions to Global Warming
  14. ^ "Come fly with me, come give it away". http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/index.php?menuID=1&subID=770. Retrieved 2006-09-23. 
  15. ^ "Virgin Group to Invest $3 Billion in Renewable Energy". http://renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/news/story?id=46071. Retrieved 2006-10-12. 
  16. ^ Fryer, Pat (23 January 2007). "Uma Thurman to promote Virgin Media". earthtimes.org. http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/23001.html. Retrieved 2007-02-02. 
  17. ^ OFT defends 'snitch' policy, Ruth Sunderland, The Guardian, Sunday 5 August 2007
  18. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/markets/2813816/Virgin-Group-buys-AirAsia-X-stake.html
  19. ^ Branson dangles offer for Northern Rock
  20. ^ Northern Rock bidder threatens to pull out unless takeover date set | Business | The Guardian
  21. ^ FT.com / World - Branson launches healthcare business
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  23. ^ Branson eyes F1 fuel revolution
  24. ^ a b Squires, Kathleen (November 17, 2009). "Cooking Back to Natirar". Zagat.com. http://www.zagat.com/Blog/Detail.aspx?SNP=NNYC&SCID=40&BLGID=25051. 
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  26. ^ a b Global Elders (July 18, 2007). "Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu Announce The Elders – An Historic Group of World Leaders". Press release. http://dl.groovygecko.net/anon.groovy/clients/akqa/projectamber/press/The_Elders-Press_Release.pdf. Retrieved 2009-03-03. 
  27. ^ Virgin Unite
  28. ^ Fast Track 100 entrepreneurs raise gbp 150,000 in charity auction for South African students
  29. ^ [3] Reserve Dinners
  30. ^ New York Times article Thinking Green While Sifting Through the Sand published 22 March 2008
  31. ^ BBC (9 May 2009). "Farrow ends Darfur protest fast". Press release. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/8041777.stm. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
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References

  • Branson, Richard. .Losing My Virginity: How I've Survived, Had Fun, And Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way, 1999, Three Rivers Press.^ I’m in debt up to my you know what… I don’t know how to handle this situation, but I would be a great asset for any business.

    ^ I have my doubts that Richard Branson is aware of how the business is being run.

    ^ Sorry to have to air my views in this way, but the way I've been treated by Virgin Media is nothing short of disgusting.
    • Richard Branson 6 February 2010 13:15 UTC blog.tmcnet.com [Source type: General]

    .ISBN 0-8129-3229-3
  • Branson, Richard.^ ISBN 0-8129-3229-3 Branson, Richard.

    ^ ISBN 0-582-51224-7 Branson, Sir Richard.

    ^ ISBN 0-7522-1865-4 Branson, Sir Richard.

    .Losing My Virginity, Revised Edition First Published in Great Britain by Virgin Books Limited, London, 2002
  • Branson, Sir Richard and Prescott, Colin.^ Branson: Why it's no to United ^ TIME ^ Another example was the " Net Book Agreement " which limited the ability of book outlets, including discount book clubs, to offer deep discounts.

    ^ Branson can send me a first class ticket on Virgin - no shoe shinning required!
    • This is why Richard Branson is so successful - Holy Kaw! 13 January 2010 15:47 UTC holykaw.alltop.com [Source type: News]

    ^ Branson's first successful business venture was at age 16, when he published a magazine called Student .

    To the Edge of Space: The Adventures of a Balloonist, 2000, Box tree. .ISBN 0-7522-1865-4
  • Branson, Sir Richard.^ ISBN 0-7522-1865-4 Branson, Sir Richard.

    ^ SIR RICHARD BRANSON, Please read this!

    ^ Sir Richard Branson (nl) .
    • EMM News Explorer: Richard Branson 6 February 2010 13:15 UTC emm.newsexplorer.eu [Source type: News]

    .Sir Richard Branson, the Autobiography, 2002, Longman.^ Sir Richard Branson, the Autobiography , 2002, Longman.

    ^ SIR RICHARD BRANSON, Please read this!

    ^ The shindig was hosted by Sir Richard Branson and Eve Branson at Vibiana in Los Angeles, and lots of famous people came out to show their support.
    • Richard Branson | Mavrixonline.com 6 February 2010 13:15 UTC mavrixonline.com [Source type: General]

    .ISBN 0-582-51224-7
  • Branson, Sir Richard.^ Sir Richard Branson (nl) .
    • EMM News Explorer: Richard Branson 6 February 2010 13:15 UTC emm.newsexplorer.eu [Source type: News]

    ^ SIR RICHARD BRANSON, Please read this!

    ^ Because i want to contact wuth sir richard branson about fight global warming.

    .Losing my virginity: The autobiography, 2005, ISBN 0-7535-1020-0
  • Bower, Tom.^ Losing my virginity: The autobiography , 2005, ISBN 0-7535-1020-0 Bower, Tom.

    ^ I had bought your book - Losing my Virginity long time back but found the time to go through it only recently.
    • Richard Branson 6 February 2010 13:15 UTC blog.tmcnet.com [Source type: General]

    ^ In 1998, Branson released his autobiography entitled Losing My Virginity , an international bestseller.

    .Branson, 2001, ISBN 1-84115-400-8
  • Branson, Sir Richard.^ Title: Sir Richard < b> Branson < b> .jpg Description: Sir Richard Branson < b> .

    ^ Revision3 > Digg Dialogg > Episode 5: Sir Richard Branson - Digg, virgin atlantic, richard branson exit theater mode Welcome, Guest .
    • Revision3 > Digg Dialogg > Episode 5: Sir Richard Branson - Digg, virgin atlantic, richard branson 13 January 2010 15:47 UTC revision3.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ ISBN 0-8129-3229-3 Branson, Richard.

    .Screw It, Let's Do It: Lessons in Life, 2006, ISBN 0-7535-1099-5
  • Branson, Sir Richard.^ Okay, now I've seen it all...Sir Richard Branson - Jesus??
    • This is why Richard Branson is so successful - Holy Kaw! 13 January 2010 15:47 UTC holykaw.alltop.com [Source type: News]

    ^ My biggest life goal is to meet Richard Branson in person.
    • Want to meet Richard Branson and the Dalai Lama? - Out of the Box with David Wood 13 January 2010 15:47 UTC life-coaching-resource.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Nick Says: July 27th, 2009 at 11:15 pm To have an opportunity to meet both the Dalai Lama and Richard Branson would be life-changing.
    • Want to meet Richard Branson and the Dalai Lama? - Out of the Box with David Wood 13 January 2010 15:47 UTC life-coaching-resource.com [Source type: General]

    Screw It, Let's Do It Expanded: Lessons in Life and Business, 2007, ISBN 0-7535-1149-7
  • Specter, Michael. ."Profiles: Branson's Luck".^ "Profiles: Branson's Luck".

    The New Yorker, 14 May 2007, pp. 114–25.

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.Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 1950-07-18), Shamley Green, Surrey) is a British entrepreneur, best known for the businesses he helped create under the Virgin brand name.^ Virgin Unite named in '25 Best...

^ British Airways shares tumble after blast from Sir Richard Branson .
  • Virgin & Richard Branson | Media | guardian.co.uk 6 February 2010 13:15 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Sir Richard Branson on travelling to space .
  • Branson, Richard - Blogrunner 13 January 2010 15:47 UTC www.blogrunner.com [Source type: News]

Sourced

  • The train was magnificent, it is built like a tank, and each carriage is built like a motor racing car with rolling bars. .
  • One thing is certain in business.^ The London to Glasgow Pendolino train derailed in a remote region of Cumbria late in the evening of Saturday 24th February 2007, killing one passenger and injuring another two dozen.

    ^ Reply to this comment by iholcomb1 July 29, 2007 1:53 PM EDT How can one get in touch with Branson's organization for "Alternative Energy Creation"?
    • Richard Branson's Empire Keeps Growing - CBS Sunday Morning - CBS News 6 February 2010 13:15 UTC www.cbsnews.com [Source type: General]

    ^ One of the reasons I made the gesture at the Clinton gathering is to get people to think—particularly people in dirty businesses like travel and coal and oil.
    • Richard Branson: the rebel billionaire 13 January 2010 15:47 UTC money.ninemsn.com.au [Source type: News]

    You and everyone around you will make mistakes. .
    • From Richard Branson's blogg ‘Learning from mistakes’ on the Virgin Website.
  • My general attitude to life is to enjoy every minute of every day.^ It will be one of the best day of my life.
    • Screw It, Let’s Do It: My 4-Day Adventure With Richard Branson On Success, Business, And World Peace | FinerMinds 13 January 2010 15:47 UTC daily.finerminds.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Video Richard Branson, founder, Virgin .
    • Richard Branson: News & Videos about Richard Branson - CNN.com 13 January 2010 15:47 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

    ^ My biggest life goal is to meet Richard Branson in person.
    • Want to meet Richard Branson and the Dalai Lama? - Out of the Box with David Wood 13 January 2010 15:47 UTC life-coaching-resource.com [Source type: General]

    .I never do anything with a feeling of, “Oh God, I've got to do this today.”
    • From his interview in The Guardian newspaper, 20th September 2008
  • I became an entrepreneur by mistake.^ Kevin Koger on September 20th, 2008 6:50 pm .

    ^ Every single time that I got into a fix, I've told God, if there is a God, or myself, whatever, that if you get me out of this, I'm never going to do it again."
    • Richard Branson Media Man Australia 13 January 2010 15:47 UTC www.mediaman.com.au [Source type: Original source]

    ^ CA: So you've been photographed in various ways at various times and never worrying about putting your dignity on the line or anything like that.
    • Richard Branson's life at 30,000 feet | Video on TED.com 19 September 2009 5:51 UTC www.ted.com [Source type: Original source]

    .Ever since then I've gone into business, not to make money, but because I think I can do it better than it's been done elsewhere.^ The Virgin billionaire is perhaps better known for his business acumen and publicity stunts than for his views on politics, but he has them.
    • Richard Branson: Without Mideast resolution, 'something ghastly' could happen - Haaretz - Israel News 13 January 2010 15:47 UTC www.haaretz.com [Source type: News]

    ^ Since 2001, we've posted 15736 different business opportunities and ideas, so you're sure to find something here to inspire you!

    ^ It is brand-builder's nirvana, made all the more impressive because the brand is all that ties together more than a hundred disparate Virgin businesses.

    .And, quite often, just out of personal frustration about the way it's been done by other people.^ I would not support any of Branson's pro-environment initiatives, because he is contributing to the degradation of humanity in 'many' other ways, which cancel out his so-called 'goodwill'...
    • SBS Dateline | Interview with Richard Branson 13 January 2010 15:47 UTC www.sbs.com.au [Source type: General]

    ^ I particularly liked the section "Don't Lead Sheep, Herd Cats", which is about hiring people with initiative and ambition and then getting out of their way.
    • Amazon.com: Business the Richard Branson Way: 10 Secrets of the World's Greatest Brand-Builder (9780814470350): Des Dearlove: Books 6 February 2010 13:15 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

    ^ It's great to see two people enjoying the heck out of experiencing the moment with each other.
    • This is why Richard Branson is so successful - Holy Kaw! 13 January 2010 15:47 UTC holykaw.alltop.com [Source type: News]

    .
    • As stated in an interview with Martyn Lewis in his book, Reflections on Success (1997)
  • My philosophy is that if I have any money I invest it in new ventures and not have it sitting around.^ I am requesting if you could invest USD $1 million dollars into my business and we would be partners in a joint venture business.
    • Richard Branson 6 February 2010 13:15 UTC blog.tmcnet.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Well I will Cut to the chase I am hoping You could invest in a new venture I am going into which is Gold Exporting In my country of PNG. The current land buying rate is K33.00 per Gram which is around $11 USD per gram compared to the world price of USD $60.00 per gram.
    • Richard Branson 6 February 2010 13:15 UTC blog.tmcnet.com [Source type: General]

    ^ My personal biography of investing - Part 2 [Digg] THE MONEY MANIAC, April 28, 2009 ...Remove Digg Dialogg with Sir Richard Branson !
    • Richard Branson – Author Profile and Information & Video at Simon & Schuster 13 January 2010 15:47 UTC authors.simonandschuster.com [Source type: General]

    • From his interview in The Sunday Mirror, 16th January 2000
  • Making money never was my incentive. .I just want to fight big companies.^ So i just want to ask you what should i do in future..are there any oppurtunities in Dubai so that i can excel more compared to this company.
    • Richard Branson 6 February 2010 13:15 UTC blog.tmcnet.com [Source type: General]

    .
    • From his interview in The Sunday Mirror, 16th January 2000.
  • If you want to be a Millionaire, start with a billion dollars and launch a new airline.^ Virgin launches new airline .
    • Gulfnews: Sir Richard Branson journey around the world to coincide with launch of new airline 19 September 2009 5:51 UTC www.gulfnews.com [Source type: News]

    ^ When you song about -- it doesn't kind of bittersweet experience like you know they've got a billion dollars.
    • Revision3 > Digg Dialogg > Episode 5: Sir Richard Branson - Digg, virgin atlantic, richard branson 13 January 2010 15:47 UTC revision3.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ As you can imagine, we spend a lot during these past 7 years and we want to start producing right away.
    • Richard Branson 6 February 2010 13:15 UTC blog.tmcnet.com [Source type: General]

    • Quoted by P. Greenberg, “Why JetBlue will be different,” MSNBC as cited in Gittell and O’Reilly (October, 2001) Harvard Business School Press Reprint No. 9-801-354 [citation needed]
  • I was born under a lucky star, and I have nothing whatsoever to regret. .I wouldn’t change a thing about my life.^ One thing about Sir Richard Branson that stands out is that the more I read about him, the more I study about him, I could not separate his business and his personal life.
    • Richard Branson | Tedded - Business Book Review 13 January 2010 15:47 UTC www.tedded.net [Source type: General]

    ^ After to read your comments my idea about him changed “He is an extraordinary human being”.
    • Screw It, Let’s Do It: My 4-Day Adventure With Richard Branson On Success, Business, And World Peace | FinerMinds 13 January 2010 15:47 UTC daily.finerminds.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I have worked hard all my life in a job that fed and clothed my children but luckily I can now do the things that I always wanted to do.
    • Richard Branson 6 February 2010 13:15 UTC blog.tmcnet.com [Source type: General]

    • In his interview with Nina Myskow for Saga magazine, July 2007

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Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950 in Surrey, England) is a businessman from England. He is the chairman of the Virgin Group, a group of companies including Virgin Atlantic Airways and Virgin Records. Branson started Virgin Galactic, a private company that is trying to get people in space. According to Forbes, Branson was the 245th richest person in the world in 2008.[1] Branson lives on his own island in the Caribbean.

References

  1. #245 Richard Branson. Forbes. Accessed August 23, 2008.

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